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‘Doctor Strange’ Concept Art Emerges, Shows Benedict Cumberbatch Creating Magic

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An image for “Doctor Strange” was unveiled at Disney’s CineEurope presentation Wednesday in Barcelona. An artist’s impression of Benedict Cumberbatch, who will play Dr. Stephen Strange, was released, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Though the art was not released by the magazine, YouTube user FilmJunkee found it in a video reel where Cumberbatch can be seen creating magic with his hands. He can be seen wearing the Eye of Agamotto around his neck, which is supposed to be a mystical device. He appears to be wearing a cloak, which according to online speculation will have a key significance in the film.

In the comics, artist Steve Ditko has depicted Doctor Strange in a red cloak, blue shirt and black tights. He wears orange gloves and an orange belt around his waist and the Eye of Agamotto around his neck.

The details of Cumberbatch’s costume have yet to be revealed. The production of “Doctor Strange” is commencing soon and it is set for 2016 release. Cumberbatch was confirmed to play the lead last year.

“Excited. Really excited,” the actor said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m just at the beginning of it all, so I’m not going to talk too much about it, but it’s a thrilling gig to get. I just can’t wait. Very excited.” Cumberbatch spoke to Hey U Guys, the website reported.

Producer Kevin Feige said in a video message presented at CineEurope that the “Sherlock” actor is best suited for the role as he offers “complicated emotional structure.”

Scott Derrickson is directing “Doctor Strange” from the screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Jon Spaihts and Joshua Oppenheimer. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor will also be seen in meaty roles. Swinton will reportedly play the Ancient One, and Ejiofor will play the main antagonist Baron Mordo. Christopher Young will write the music.

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‘Sherlock’ Actors Benedict Cumberbatch And Martin Freeman Get Invitation From Academy

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“Sherlock” actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have been sent invitation to join the 2015 class of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy has invited a record 322 new members to join the organization this year.

Earlier this year at the 87th annual Academy Awards, Cumberbatch, who earned his first Oscar nomination for his performance in “The Imitation Game,” lost the best actor trophy to Eddie Redmayne. The latter has also received the membership invitation from the Academy. Redmayne won the best actor award for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is not the rule that an Oscar win or a nomination automatically makes someone eligible for membership, but the nomination helps in making someone eligible for consideration. The report also said that the all the 17 branches of the Academy have their own set of eligibility criteria, including for experience and credits, to decide whom to invite.

“It’s very gratifying to see the big increase in gender and people of color, in age and national origin. It’s a testament to the extraordinary breadth of talent in our industry,” THR quoted Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president at Academy, as saying in a statement. He also said,  “the branches, which set the criterion for membership, have really stepped up and looked out and about and around to recognize filmmakers and artists and crafts people who maybe might have been overlooked in the past.”

In addition to Cumberbatch, Freeman and Redmayne, the other actors who have been sent the invitation are Elizabeth Banks, Choi Min-sik, Heather Graham, Tom Hardy, Kevin Hart, Felicity Jones, Stephen Lang, Jodi Long, John Carroll Lynch, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Denis O’Hare, Michael O’Neill, David Oyelowo, Dev Patel, Rosamund Pike, Chris Pine, Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Segel, Sonny Skyhawk, Song Kang-ho and Emma Stone

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch, who recently welcomed his first child, is preparing for his titular role in “Hamlet.” The play is set to open at The Barbican on Aug. 25. According to Chicago Tribute, the entire run of the play has been officially sold out. In addition to Cumberbatch, the cast also includes “Game of Thrones” actor Ciaran Hinds and Anastasia Hille.

Cumberbatch and Freeman are expected to begin filming the three episodes of “Sherlock” Season 4 in spring 2016. Earlier this year, both the actors filmed a special, one-off episode of “Sherlock,” which may air this Christmas, though BBC has yet to confirm that.

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Cumberbatch in ‘Hamlet’ expected to be a highlight of summer theater

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What’s the hottest ticket in London this summer? Elementary. It is, of course, Benedict Cumberbatch in “Hamlet,” opening at The Barbican on Aug. 25. This landmark theatrical event is in such demand that the producers ran a lottery in which eager fans could apply to win the opportunity to purchase a pair of seats for about $15 each.

Unsurprisingly, those have all been grabbed already, and the entire run has long been officially sold out. Confirmed Cumberbitches, and anyone else keen to catch the much-loved “Sherlock” star in Shakespearean action as the procrastinating prince, might have with a chance. Very occasionally, tickets pop up for purchase online, and a few day tickets may be released, so keep a close eye on The Barbican’s website (hamlet-barbican.com). And if all else fails, the production will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world Oct. 15 as part of the National Theatre Live project. But can Lynsdey Turner’s production possibly live up to this impossibly heavy burden of hype? Well, alongside Cumberbatch — an enormously accomplished actor with many more strings to his bow than his best-known role as the flintily intellectual investigator — the cast features other serious talents, including Anastasia Hille and Ciaran Hinds as Gertrude and Claudius, and Jim Norton as Polonius. And Turner has some impressive work under her belt, including 2013’s extraordinary, multi-award-winning “Chimerica,” and an acclaimed, epic new staging of Caryl Churchill’s English civil war drama “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire,” currently running at the National Theatre in London. So here’s hoping the high expectations are met.

In the meantime, the Bard is much more easily bookable at Shakespeare’s Globe. Blanche McIntyre’s warm, sparkling production of “As You Like It” starring Michelle Terry as Rosalind, is already in full swing, with outgoing artistic director Dominic Dromgoole’s “Measure for Measure” to open soon, followed by Charles Edwards in the tile role in “Richard II,” staged by the always-inventive Simon Godwin (it opens July 22). The following month brings more variety, with “The Heresy of Love,” Helen Edmundson’s Spanish Golden Age-inspired drama, opening on Aug. 5, and Rory Mullarkey’s three-act distillation of Aeschylus’ “The Oresteia,” with previews starting Aug. 29.

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Benedict Cumberbatch donates item for Isle of Wight school fundraiser

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Benedict Cumberbatch donates item for Isle of Wight school fundraiser   Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in East Cowes now has a twinkling prize pot for its Summer Fair raffle and games, along with plans for a celebrity auction, thanks to items donated from Dame Helen and actor Benedict, who married director, writer and actress girlfriend Sophie Hunter at Mottistone Manor on Valentine’s Day and is now reported to have bought a home on the Isle of Wight.The fair is being held at the school in Millfield Avenue, East Cowes, on Friday 10th July between 15:00 and 17:00. The auction will be held in the autumn.Other stars who have provided prizes for the school’s fundraising efforts include pop band Blue, who featured in this year’s prestigious VE Day 70th anniversary concert in Horse Guards Parade, London, world-renowned explorer Ranulph Fiennes and glamourous author Jackie Collins.A signed photograph of The Imitation Game actor Benedict is sure to be a star attraction at the auction, while mums, dads and grandparents can bid for a copy of the Jollywobbles! Car Wash DVD by Justin Fletcher, accompanied by a signed postcard from the Bafta-award winning CBeebies’ presenter.The Holy Cross Summer Fair will not just let competition entrants reach the heady height of movie and pop stardom, either – the raffle’s star prize is a tandem skydive.

The holder of this winning ticket, worth £240, will get the chance to see the island as they have never seen it before thanks to a prize donated by Skydive Isle of Wight.

A full list of raffle prizes and tickets are available by calling Kirsty Ruth on 07449 101314 or by emailing kirstyturnerruth@outlook.com. [x]

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Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in East Cowes now has a twinkling prize pot for its Summer Fair raffle and games, along with plans for a celebrity auction, thanks to items donated from Dame Helen and actor Benedict, who married director, writer and actress girlfriend Sophie Hunter at Mottistone Manor on Valentine’s Day and is now reported to have bought a home on the Isle of Wight.

The fair is being held at the school in Millfield Avenue, East Cowes, on Friday 10th July between 15:00 and 17:00. The auction will be held in the autumn.

Other stars who have provided prizes for the school’s fundraising efforts include pop band Blue, who featured in this year’s prestigious VE Day 70th anniversary concert in Horse Guards Parade, London, world-renowned explorer Ranulph Fiennes and glamourous author Jackie Collins.

A signed photograph of The Imitation Game actor Benedict is sure to be a star attraction at the auction, while mums, dads and grandparents can bid for a copy of the Jollywobbles! Car Wash DVD by Justin Fletcher, accompanied by a signed postcard from the Bafta-award winning CBeebies’ presenter.

The Holy Cross Summer Fair will not just let competition entrants reach the heady height of movie and pop stardom, either – the raffle’s star prize is a tandem skydive.

The holder of this winning ticket, worth £240, will get the chance to see the island as they have never seen it before thanks to a prize donated by Skydive Isle of Wight.

A full list of raffle prizes and tickets are available by calling Kirsty Ruth on 07449 101314 or by emailing kirstyturnerruth@outlook.com.

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Mark Gatiss To Discuss Sherlock At San Diego Comic Con

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Hamlet’ in Event Cinema first

Shakespeare adaptation will become the first ever live 4K broadcast to multiple cinemas under Sony, Vue and NT Live partnership.

National Theatre Live, Vue Entertainment and Sony Digital Cinema 4K have unveiled the next two NT Live productions to be captured in Sony 4K.

On Oct 15, Lyndsey Turner’s Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, will become the world’s first ever multi-site live 4K transmission in selected Vue cinemas across the UK. Hamlet is already the fastest-selling show in London’s theatre history. 

Prior to Hamlet, Simon Godwin’s 18th Century comedy The Beaux’ Stratagem will be shot in Sony 4K and delivered for exclusive ‘encore’ screenings across Vue’s 84-site estate in September, after the show’s NT Live broadcast on Sept 3.

Both productions will be captured using Sony F-Series 4K cameras which deliver four times the resolution of Full HD. Hamlet will be transmitted with 4K resolution at 50 frames per second to ensure smooth, realistic reproduction of the action on stage.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, Emma Keith, producer for NT Live, noted that capturing the two productions in 4K will act as “future-proofing”. “To be able to capture it in the best technology possible means that the life on it would be longer than it would be traditionally,” outlines Keith.

Hamlet felt like a bit of a no-brainer with Cumberbatch starring, while The Beaux’ Stratagem is a period piece so it’s really interesting, from our perspective, to see how the colourful costumes and the intricate set will translate in 4K.”

The two productions mark the next step in a year-long partnership between NT Live, Vue and Sony Digital Cinema, which started in March with the 4K screening of Rufus Norris’ Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

For Johnny Carr, content manager for Vue Entertainment, the partnership continues Vue’s commitment to giving their customers the “very best in choice of content combined with the very best in big screen technology”. “The National Theatre are the biggest out there in terms of Event Cinema given their releases. It’s a fantastic product

and to take that one step further by offering it in the best quality possible is super exciting.”

“The National Theatre have proved in the short time that Event Cinema has been playing in cinemas that they are providing top quality content, and the numbers for War Horse, The Audience and others prove that,” enthuses John Bullen, VPF and content manager at Sony Digital Cinema (Europe).

“From a technology perspective, we believe that 4K offers the next step in the evolution of Event Cinema. When done correctly, as we believe we are doing in this partnership, 4K provides a truly immersive viewing experience.”

As well as staying at the forefront of technology, Keith believes that 4K presentation ensures that the National Theatre has an advantage in the ever-more competitive Event Cinema arena.

“What’s fantastic about working with 4K is that we’re at the cutting edge and, particularly in relation to being live at multiple venues, we’re helping to influence and establish the workflow for that model. HD workflow works, so 4K needs to work in the same way. It can’t be that you need ten extra people or another truck,” explains Keith.

Carr notes that the customer feedback to Behind the Beautiful Forevers was “absolutely fantastic” and compares the impact of 4K presentation to “seeing Blu-Ray for the first time”. He adds that with NT Live, “you’re not just getting the best view, you’re getting the best six views with the very best possible presentation, bar none.”

Going forward, Bullen says that there is an aim to increase the number of 4K productions, but The Beaux’ Stratagem and Hamlet are the priority at the moment. “We’ve got two huge challenges coming up and a lot of work that needs to go into them. Post-October, we’ll sit down and see what we do next, but anything we do will have to be as innovative, bright and bold like our first three productions.”

Keith concludes: “Through NT Live and 4K, you get to see things you don’t see in the theatre. This partnership is allowing us to do a little bit of everything with really different shows, from different theatres with different designs. We just want to make sure we’re keeping as wide a range as possible.”

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James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch… was Starter for 10 the film that kicked off a new era for British movie stars?

It was the story of a working-class underdog in 1980s Bristol, but the star-studded cast of 2006 film Starter for 10 have become huge global stars in their own right.

The film followed student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) as he embarked on his first year at Bristol University, battling cliched opposition from peers as he attempted to get on the popular TV show, University Challenge.

So, let’s see which familiar faces got their Starter for 10 correct with the film:

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Benedict Cumberbatch

He’s our Sherlock Holmes here in Wales thanks to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ re-imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s character for the BBC hit, but back in 2006 (or 1985) Cumbers was the snotty nosed team-mate of McAvoy’s Brian.

Since 2010 he’s been filming Sherlock in and around Wales, but he’s also gained notoriety from Hollywood thanks to roles in The Imitation Game, Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, 12 Years a Slave and as the voice of dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

James Corden

Probably on his way to becoming the most recognised Brit in America, Corden shocked everyone when he scooped the job of hosting The Late, Late Show on CBS.

He’s starred in musical hit Into the Woods (pictured above), befriended Arnie and Tom Hanks, sung with Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson, and he still finds time to come home and film Sky 1 quiz A League of Their Own.

But, of course, he’s loved here in Wales for co-writing Gavin & Stacey with Ruth Jones, in which he played lovable idiot Smithy.

In Starter For 10 he was Motorhead-loving Tone.

Mark Gatiss

Any fan of comedy would recognise Gatiss as one of the League of Gentlemen, but it wasn’t until Sherlock he became a household name.

In the 1980s movie he portrayed University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne who puts the main characters to the test on national TV.

In Sherlock (which he co-created) Gatiss also plays the titular character’s brother, Mycroft.

Gatiss also has a small recurring role in Game of Thrones.

Alice Eve

Now known for her striking role in Star Trek: Into Darkness as Carol, Eve has a pretty busy CV since appearing as Alice Harbison in Starter For Ten.

She’s been in Sex and the City 2, Entourage, The Raven, Men in Black 3, Before We Go, Dirty Weekend and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Dominic Cooper

Cooper is a familiar face for anyone who’s seen Mamma Mia in which he played Sky. But more recently he’s been seen as Howard Stark (father of Iron Man, Tony Stark) in the Captain America films and Agent Carter TV series.

He also portrayed James Bond author Ian Fleming in the mini-series Fleming, last year.

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Marvel just announced a revamped ‘Doctor Strange’ comic ahead of the Benedict Cumberbatch movie

'Doctor Strange' #1We’ve known that Marvel has had plans for a “Doctor Strange” film for almost a year, but the character soon to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch has not had a comic of his own for almost five years now. This fall, that finally changes: Marvel has announced a brand-new comic series starring Stephen Strange, Sorceror Supreme, and it’s putting some serious talent behind the wheel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new comic, simply called “Doctor Strange,” will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Chris Bachalo, and will redefine the character as more of a superhero. As of late, Marvel’s Sorceror Supreme has beenrelegated to a supporting role, called upon in books like “New Avengers” to plumb the dark and disturbing depths of magic to aid other heroes against threats they can’t understand. Aaron and Bachalo aim to change that and make him more of an “active, hands-on hero,” complete with an arsenal of weapons and a more grounded focus.

“We wanted a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers, it’s not like Captain America throwing his shield or Thor throwing his hammer,” writer Jason Aaron told EW. “Strange has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes don’t have to worry about, because he’s a Sorcerer Supreme.”

With a new film just shy of a year away, chances are the new “Doctor Strange” series will redefine the character in a way that will be more in line with how he will be portrayed in the movie. There’s a bit of a precedent for this: Marvel’s 2015 “Ant-Man” relaunch by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanos, while very good, was an almost entirely different take on its eponymous hero. That series took Scott Lang, the current Ant-Man — who had just undergone a moving and emotional arc following the death of a child — and turned him into down-on-his-luck underdog who tries to do right by his ex-wife and kid but often comes up short.

Similarly, the new action-heavy “Doctor Strange” will likely pivot the character from his traditional cerebral, ponderous, and trippy trajectory to something more palatable and exciting to help get new readers excited about the character. Longtime comics readers, however, will likely be excited by the creators working on the book.

Marvel has an all-star team in Aaron and Bachalo — over the last few years, Jason Aaron has become Marvel’s go-to writer for some of its biggest titles, like this year’s big “Star Wars” series. Similarly, Chris Bachalo is one of the most recognizable and talented artists on the Marvel roster, and his distinctive style has helped define the publisher’s “X-Men” titles for the better part of a decade. It’s a big, attention-grabbing move — kind of like casting Benedict Cumberbatch.

Head over to EW for the full interview with Jason Aaron and series editor Nick Lowe, along with a first look at Chris Bachalo’s artwork.

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Benedict & Sophie At 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Van Gogh : Painted With Words starring Benedict Cumberbatch to be released on DVD on the 26th of October 2015

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Review: Mr. Holmes

I was granted the rare opportunity to view a private screening of Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linny. Based off the 2005 A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen (our interview with the author HERE), the story takes us to the beekeeping days of the now retired Sherlock Holmes.  Now, I have read the book so I knew a bit about what was coming and I knew at the least I was going to cry (ha, and what do you know I was totally right!)

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Holmes is now 30 years into his retirement and he’s got his quaint little cottage by the sea, a stern house keeper (played by the immaculate Laura Linney) with her little boy, and of course his bees. We meet a Holmes who is struggling with dementia, his once brilliant mind is beginning to wither away to the point that recalling his previous cases is a never ending struggle. McKellen says that he looked into his own personal self to convey this heartbreaking aspect of the story, examining how the body falls apart during dementia and channeling that into his performance. Between caring for the bees (and being quite affronted when people aren’t capable of telling the difference between a wasp and a bee), teaching young Roger the art of apology, and searching for a way to slow the degradation of his mind,  Holmes is writing of his last official case taken at the infamous 221B Baker Street. Writing the correct version he makes sure to note, saying that what Doctor Watson wrote is full of flowery fiction that neglects the cold logical facts. This however proves to be a struggle and the audience is given brief glimpses and clues to solve the case and find out what really happened.

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Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

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